MGMT5570 Organisational Change and Transformation

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Trimester 2OnlineOnline
This unit is concerned with organisational change and transformation, and focuses on the major challenges facing organisations in a rapidly changing, technologically challenging and increasingly complex and competitive global business environment. Topics covered may include organisational life cycles, longevity and effectiveness; managing and changing organisational cultures; leading and managing change; organisational (re)structure and (re)design; change management tools and interventions; evaluating change management strategies; creativity and innovation as drivers of change; organisational learning and the Learning Organisation; managing knowledge and intellectual capital; new technologies as drivers of change in organisations; and new and emerging organisational forms.
Students are able to (1) describe how to implement strategic changes successfully, how to evaluate and measure the impact of organisational change and why change management programs often fail; (2) use at least two current conceptual models to describe a change occurring in an organisation; (3) describe at least four different interventions and four practical tools that can be used to facilitate individual, group and organisational change and the limitations of each approach; (4) describe the cycle that human beings undergo during change and the relevant feelings and behaviours that relate to the resistance and commitment to change; (5) describe sustainability as a contradiction or a necessity within organisations; and (6) describe the ways organisational change can be measured and evaluated.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class participation; (2) online tests; and (3) group case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dee Roche
Unit rules
MGMT5501 Organisational Behaviour;
enrolment in one of the following courses: Master of Business Administration (coursework); Master of Business Administration (coursework and dissertation); Graduate Certificate in Leadership;
approval from The Business School only, which will be determined with regard to relevant documented professional work experience.
Contact hours
intensive period—lectures/seminars/workshops: 5 sessions (7–8 hour each) over 7 weeks
trimester—lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week.
Unit Outline
Trimester 1-2020 [TRI-1-2020]
Trimester 2_2019_ONLINE [TRI-2_2019_ONLINE]
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